Naturist Images – Ego Versus Shadow

Warts, wrinkles and all

As a man of a certain age, and then a bit older, there is no question that all of the parts of my body aren’t in the best of physical conditions. For many, if not most of the men in the age range of 50s to … well older … virility often becomes the subject of critical focus. Let’s face it, though we can “get it up” after a fashion, there is no ability to “wow” anyone, let alone ourselves. I am approaching this subject with a bit of trepidation as almost any and every conversation that touches upon “manhood” riles up both men and women. And too often, the topic itself is prone to have too many feel that they have been invited to share their “dick” pics, usually at full mast.

In the world of naturism/nudism, there appears to be more tolerance about casual nudity that is full frontal, at least among those who self-identify as naturists/nudists. Yet, for all of that casual attitude to full-frontal male nudity, there is more that lays beneath the surface. I have noticed that images often speak for themselves. So what do the images tell the viewer? To be honest, I don’t have any answers in spite of my extensive background in psychology. The biggest reason for not being able to answer my own question is the fact that it is uniquely viewer dependent.

As readers here know, the appearance of a penis in one of my blog post images is about as far away from sexual stimulation or intent as one can find when a man’s genitals are visible. Yet, despite my objective of #NormalisingNaturism, I get sexual comments from men who would like nothing more than to engage in sexual activity with me. I know I’m not alone in this, as I have heard the same from quite a number of naturists/nudists, both male and female. Yet, I wonder about these “innocent” images. Just how innocent are we? What drives us, unconsciously, to post images of ourselves, images that don’t leave anything to the imagination? And, perhaps more importantly, why do we even take these photos or have them taken of us? Do people need or want to see us drinking tea, coffee, beer, or a glass of wine? How many times do we publicise via our images that we have gone for a walk, or a swim, or mowed the lawn?

These aren’t just a questions for men, as women who are naturists/nudists as well with images that tell stories of who we are, stories that often we are not aware of being told. Is a certain photo to record the honest fact about our body as we age? Is the photo more of a visual record for “Self” or is it to be shared with others? For example, the third image above is one with a full-frontal display. It states the facts of my skin colour, the physical tone of my body, the fact that I have purposefully groomed my body [though not why I have done so], the fact that I am indoors, and a few other similar statements. I had not thought of the image being in this blog post when it was taken. Like everyone, I don’t always have the full story as my “shadow” self has its own agenda which it doesn’t disclose very willingly to my thinking self, me “ego” self.

Besides all of that, it is just a photo. And like all photos, it doesn’t even capture the full physical story. I am not this slim as portrayed in the photo. I don’t know why the camera lies, but for my ego’s sake, I am sometimes glad it does. I mean who wants to appear at their worst?

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10 Responses to Naturist Images – Ego Versus Shadow

  1. augustusjohn says:

    I quite agree with the author of Naturist Images. He strikes a positive approach and one which I applaud.

  2. Photo is a snap shot of time at the very moment nothing more or less than I was here. This is part of the human being since time began. Over the thousands of years we as humans have left some indication that “Hey I was here” be it a hand print on a cliff facing, or stick figures showing how we lived. At the present time thanks to digital world even the poorest among us can put a photo “Hey I am here”.

    • rglongpre says:

      Thanks, Melvin for your words here. It is as you say, but I think it is more than that. As an artist, I am aware that there are always stories behind every picture. There is a motivation, an intention, and often a small wish for others to acknowledge one’s existence. Here I am thinking of Martin Buber’s I-Thou versus I-It recognition of “other.” And all of this doesn’t include the “viewer” or the viewer’s intention. There I go again, too much philosophy for now. LOL!

  3. naturalian says:

    I resonate with all that you have written – having been naturist for 50+yrs and feeling that I’ve never been truly accepted for my beliefs, lifestyle, choices as to what I wear and when, I think that showing my true, uncovered, imperfect self and being accepted for that in naturist circles, websites etc., is a relief that I can feel and by showing that simply being naked in a variety of situations and locations that I’m helping to normalise natural nudity, nakedness, naturism.

  4. naturalian says:

    Reblogged this on Naturalian's Blog and commented:
    This I truly resonate with.See my reply.

  5. Chris says:

    I have been a naturist for 70 years and stil enjoy my nudity with others. I am not ashamed of my body especially when excited and happy to share my feelings with others. I do see any shame in erect penises but a statement of virile manhood. I love the picture by the laptop and clearly you are semi erect – well done!

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